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Buyers Guide: Amari, Bitters, and other Herb Liqueurs

Medium Amaro — typically 32% alcohol by volume, with an even balance between bitter, sweet, and citrus tastes. Examples of this type are Montenegro, Ramazzotti, Averna, Lucano, Luxardo Amaro Abano, Amaro Bio.

Fernet — more sharply bitter than other amari. Examples include Fernet Hunter, Fernet Branca, Fernet Stock, Luxardo Fernet, Amaro Santa Maria Al Monte.

Light Amaro — Lighter in colour than others, usually with more citrus notes. Examples include Amaro Nonino, Amaro Florio, Amaro del Capo.

Alpine — flavoured with alpine herbs, sometimes with a smokey taste, typically around 17% alcohol content. Examples include Amaro Alpino, Amaro Zara, Amaro Braulio.

Vermouth — Unlike other amaros, which are typically made from grain-based alcohol, vermouth amaro is wine-based. It is sweeter with more citrus, and very closely resembles the aperitif vermouth. Examples are Amero, Amaro Don Bairo, Amaro Diesus del Frate.

Amaro della Sacra Liqueur
750ml | SKU 80153  This unique amaro is the result of painstaking research into monastic traditions that focused on the cultivation of herbs and plants for use in tinctures, teas, and of course, liqueurs.
Caffo Vecchio Amaro del Capo Liqueur
750ml | SKU 66349  Distilled from sugar beets, then macerated with 29 herbs, spices, roots, fruits, and flowers from Southern Italy. This digestivo italiano is complex on the palate, revealing bittersweet flavors of orange, chamomile, licorice, and juniper.
Braulio Amaro Liqueur
1L | SKU 59250  Made of herbs including musk yarrow, wormwood, gentian and juniper, Brulio is rested in Slavonian oak casks. This process, combined with an alcohol content of 21 and the use of exclusively natural ingredients, gives Brulio its unmistakable balanced flavour and aromatic bouquet.
Averna Amaro Siciliano Liqueur
750ml | SKU 48280  With a rich hue akin to cola with a similarly bitter and syrupy aroma, this amaro hints at roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate covered orange peel.
Cardamaro Amaro of Cardoon Liqueur
750ml | SKU 55479  Cardamaro is a wine-based aperitif, infused with cardoon and blessed thistle (two artichoke relatives), then aged in oak.
Meletti Amaro Liqueur
750ml | SKU 49611  Anise, clove, gentian, orange peel, saffron, violet flower... Its equally at home consumed neat or with ice, and its lighter profile makes it an all-around crowd pleaser in cocktails.
Fernet-Branca Liqueur
750ml | SKU 49395  Fernet-Branca is decidedly one of the stalwarts in the fernet world. Theres no sweetness here, and if theres any sugar in the recipe, you wont taste it.
Montenegro Amaro Liqueur
750ml | SKU 49397  Soft and silky mouthfeel with a satisfying balance between sweet and bitter notes. Its well- balanced sweetness merges with the other ingredients, fading in a pleasantly bitter finish.